As the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference descends on Richmond, Virginia, this week, our spotlight is on film as an archival medium. The AMIA Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and students to meet, share information, and work together in an educational environment for audiovisual preservation. Topics being explored this year include television restoration, handling magnetic materials, open source tools and quality control, and, as always, film for archival preservation.
In today’s multi-format landscape, manufacturers, technicians and companies supporting content creation from capture to screen, and ultimately to the archives, continue to assess best practices for standardizing the process, so that the workflow elicits consistent, high-quality results.
KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332
Kodak's imaging scientists Cindy A. Fitzgerald and John C. Rutter recently presented this technical paper at the IS&T Conference (Society for Imaging Science and Technology) focusing on the importance of archiving your digital assets on film.
The Ring - BFI National Archive
There is no more venerated name in the world of cinema than Alfred Hitchcock. His movies and methods have been studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world, and his impact on the art of directing is unsurpassed. The master of suspense made films in the United Kingdom and in Hollywood, demonstrating the adage that moving images speak a global language.
Surprisingly, in light of these facts, Hitchcock’s very early silent era work — films that offer a fascinating glimpse into the development of his style — has been in bad shape. Deluxe and the British Film Institute (BFI) have corrected this, gathering as many elements of these early films as possible and using the latest restoration techniques to resurrect them. The project required thousands of hours of painstaking work. Hitchcock fans have rejoiced.
We are pleased to announce that another asset protection film for writing digital image files onto celluloid is now available and has been added to our product portfolio.
KODAK VISION3 Digital Separation Film 2237 is a black-and-white separation film for preserving images from color digital masters, and is optimized for laser, CRT and LED light sources utilized by digital recorders in the marketplace. Providing exceptional image quality including fine detail, tight grain, optimal resolution, and excellent flare characteristics, this archival film is offered on an ESTAR base for premier physical performance and long-term stability that lasts centuries in recommended conditions.
Today, Kodak has introduced a new motion picture film – KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332. This innovative color film offers content owners an affordable option for protecting their creative assets.
At the end of the day, film is the most stable and reliable preservation medium. Hands down, it lives on in a way that cannot be compared to other formats.